Ohtani, Paxton Lead Dodgers Past Last-Place Rockies in Series Opener

Ohtani, Paxton Lead Dodgers Past Last-Place Rockies in Series Opener

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher James Paxton works against the Colorado Rockies in Denver on June 17, 2024. (David Zalubowski/AP Photo)

The Associated Press
The Associated Press


Updated: 6/17/2024


DENVER—Shohei Ohtani had three hits, James Paxton pitched seven smooth innings, and the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Colorado Rockies 9–5 on Monday night in the opener of a four-game series between the top and bottom teams in the National League West.
Miguel Rojas and Jason Heyward also had three hits apiece for the first-place Dodgers, who finished with 14. Freddie Freeman walked five times, one shy of a major-league record.
“Over the last few weeks, I know we haven’t been swinging the way we wanted to, but it felt like the bats were getting better and better as each day went on,“ Freeman said. ”Today, we just kind of put it all together.”
Ohtani doubled twice, drove in a run, and had his third multi-hit performance in his past four games, a stretch in which he has seven hits in 15 at-bats. The two-time American League most valuable player entered the game second in the major leagues in extra-base hits, tied for fifth in hits, and sixth in batting average.
Paxton (7–1) permitted just one run and two hits in his longest outing of the season. He had a season-high eight strikeouts and walked only one in his first career start at hitter-friendly Coors Field.
“If you’re thinking about it being Coors Field and the ball flying and you’re worried about that, you’re not focused on the pitch you’re throwing,“ Paxton said. ”You can’t be distracted by stuff like that.”
Los Angeles left 13 runners on base, equaling its most this season.
The loss was the Rockies’ sixth in their past eight games and 12th in 16 games in June. During that stretch, they’ve been outscored 109–66.
Jacob Stallings, Greg Jones, and Hunter Goodman homered for Colorado, which got four runs in the ninth inning off reliever J.P. Feyereisen. Jones’ home run, which came as a pinch hitter in the ninth, was his first career hit.
Rockies starter Cal Quantrill (6–5) gave up three earned runs and seven hits in five innings. The 29-year-old right-hander entered 6–1 with a 1.91 earned-run average over his previous eight starts.
“They just make it hard,“ Quantrill said. ”If you get the first two guys out, they’re going to make sure that that third guy is a tough out. There are some things I could have done better today, but on the whole, we battled. We just weren’t able to make it happen.”

Trainer’s Room

Dodgers: Shortstop Mookie Betts (fractured left hand) was placed on the 10-day injured list, with Manager Dave Roberts saying the 2018 American League MVP is expected to miss roughly six to eight weeks. … Los Angeles recalled outfielder Miguel Vargas from Triple-A Oklahoma City, Okla.
Rockies: Reinstated right-hander Jake Bird (right-elbow inflammation) and right-hander Justin Lawrence (right-shoulder strain) from the 15-day IL. … Placed left-hander Josh Rogers (rotator-cuff strain) on the 15-day IL, retroactive to June 14. … Optioned right-hander Angel Chivilli to Double-A Hartford, Conn.

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